|Duration||4 Nights, 5 Days|
|Maximum Altitude||4,280 meters|
|Temperature||24°C Max/ 2°C Min|
|Best Months||June to August|
Hampta Pass is a crossover pass with an altitude of 4,280 meters, the trek to which begins very close to the popular hill destination of Manali. The trek offers a great opportunity to experience a lot many changing landscapes over a short duration. From Maple forests to Meadows and from snow covered landscapes to the naked mountains of the remote Lahaul. The trek concludes near the beautiful Chandratal Lake (the moon lake- literal translation) and the drive back to Manali goes over Rohtang pass, thus provides many opportunities to witness so varied and magnificent Himalayan regions.
We begin the day early and drive from Manali to Jobri via Pirni. Pirni is a village a little short of 4 kilometers south of the Manali city bus depot on the Naggar road. We take a left from the T intersection at Pirni, towards village Sethan, which is closed to regular traffic movement as it was principally contructed to link to the hydel power project at Jobri on the Rani Nalah which we would accompany all the way to the base of the pass. The road is with as many hairpin turns, that you will run out of fingers were you to begin counting them. However the trend continues only until Sethan following which its a straight ride to Jobri, 4 km away.
We begin the trek at Jobri as we march towards Cheeka, lying only about 2 km ahead. We cross the thick forest and mud covered trail as we make our way to the Campsite, the arrival of which is marked by a gradual parting of treeline to pave way for the meadows along the raging waters of the Rani Nalah. We camp on the right bank of the stream.
Hampta Pass is a well taken route by Gaddi Shepherds who climb the pass over into Lahaul and Spiti every year, as the lower meadows begin to dry. Thus it is quite prominent to spot them with their flock of sheep. However their swiftness renders their itinerary short and is comprised of only 2 days.
The final steps to Jawara include traversing upon the carefully placed rocks over an adjoining stream. The Jwara meadows offer a welcoming site. While the treeline comes to an end on the right bank along our route, the opposite bank is lined with birch that grow further up on the hillside. The valley narrows down as we proceed further up to Balu ka Ghera campsite which is at an hours walk from Jawara.
The Balu ka Ghera is a flatbed with plenty of camping space.
Today is the toughest day of the trek as the trekking distance is the most and we climb to the Hampta Pass before we descend to graze the peripheries of Lauhal as we proceed towards Shea Goru campsite. We begin the day early today as the altitude is bound to slow our pace and unpredictable weather can further create hinderance. We proceed on the right bank of the stream tracing its origin in a small glacial lake formation. If the rains have not yet set in, the snowline begins here. However once the snow melts it becomes hard to navigate the streams coming in from our left, joining the right bank of the river. We hop over to the other bank and trace our way towards the pass from there.
Indarasan peak is visible in the distance a little towards right of our direction of approach towards the pass. It appears as if summit of a temple and the name literally translates as the seat of lord Indra, who as per the Vedas is the king of Heaven (Swarg) and Gods. Mythologies and popular belief in Hinduism associate his powers to be similar with those of Odin, Thor, Zeus and Jupiter, the popular deities across Indo-European cultures.
We start the day by crossing a snowbridge over to the opposite (left) bank of the river or a makeshift bridge if the glacial formations have melted away. The gradient increases as we rush downhill towards Chattru that lies on the Manali – Kaza road.
An hour short of our destination we get a clear view of the Road that lies on the opposite bank of the raging Chenab river. We make a turn towards the North-West a few hundered meters short of the river towards an alpine meadow which can be seen a few hundred meters down, at times occupied by shepherds. We have to cross a stream to continue towards Shea Goru campsite and then finally traverse glacial moraine for a couple of hundered meters before we finally are able to rush through a well off trail. While the campsite is on the left bank of the river itself, the Chattru Dhaba is located on the opposite bank that is accessible by an iron bridge.
After witnessing magnificent views during early morning, twilight hour, we start our journey towards Manali via Rohtang Pass. This long drive can be tiring, but the scenic views are a delight that ease the journey back to Manali. We reach by late afternoon and it marks the completion of trek to the Hampta Pass.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Food as per menu on the trek.
- Forest Camping charges
- Safety Equipment
- Hiking Equipment
- Trek guide, cook, helpers, and •mules for carrying common luggage
- Transportation if Specified in Itinerary
- Accommodation in Tents, or Homestay
- All meals from Lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 5
- Group Transport in tampu traveller/Innova/Xylo
- All logistics and meals during the trek like tents, guide, cook and porters.
- All currently applicable taxes including service tax
- Good Quality of Camping Arrangements.
- Good quality of alpine tents
- Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
- Comfortable camping mattresses
- Mess Tent
- There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
- <h3>OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES</h3>
- Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.
- Personal trekking gear
- You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- meals during road Journeyss
- Any king of Insurance
- Any expense of personal Nature
- Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
- Carriage of personal laggage during the trek
- Any private individual Transfer Cost
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
- Insurance, laundry and phone calls, medical expenses
- Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list (see above)
- Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, accidents & any medical evacuations. Weather conditions. Any train delays, or re-scheduling etc.
Frequently asked Questions
Hamta Pass lies at an altitude of 4270 m (14039 ft) on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. It is a small corridor between Lahaul’s Chandra Valley and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The nomenclature of the trek was derived from Hamta Village, located below Sethan village, as part of the trek route.
n a nutshell, mid June is a great time to do the Hampta Pass if you want to experience snow – and see snow in its various hues. It is special because it is accentuated by the narrow valley of the Hampta Pass.
Though Hampta Pass Trek in December is closed but we have opened a new trekking route in Manali to enjoy the snow and if you are lucky then famous Manali Snowfall.
Yes, It is safe to trek to Hampta Pass. There are some light rains here & there but they are negligible as you can still enjoy your trek
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.